Winds spur scattered Southern Oregon wildfires, escaped burns

The Oregon Department of Forestry says that crews have responded to a number of escaped debris burns this week.

Posted: Oct 29, 2019 5:23 PM

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Stiff winds and dry conditions have kept firefighters busy in Southern Oregon this week, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said. Some of those fires were due to escaped burn piles, while others remain under investigation.

Firefighters responded to a fire off Salt Creek Road near Eagle Point on Tuesday, keeping it to 1.75 acres and lining the entire perimeter.

"Firefighters will begin mopping up, and remain in the area as long as needed," ODF said. "The cause is under investigation."

ODF crews are still wrapping up efforts on the Quartz Creek Fire in Josephine County that sprang to life over the weekend. High winds caused the fire to spot outside of control lines twice, ODF said.

Fire lines have continued to hold since Monday, keeping the fire to 12 acres and 80 percent mopped-up. That fire's cause also remains under investigation, and ODF has asked anyone with information to call its Grants Pass office at (541) 474-3152.

"Wind has been a factor in all of the fires we've responded to in the last week, and debris burning in these conditions can be very dangerous," ODF said. "If you've burned a debris pile in the last two weeks, be sure to check them; fires can easily reignite, especially with the current weather the Rogue Valley is experiencing."

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